East Central Ministries is hosting a kermesse on Friday, September 29, to raise funds for emergency patient needs in its clinic. The event will take place from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm at ECM facilities, 123 Vermont St NE (map) in Albuquerque. ECM is an endorsing partner of the Interfaith Hunger Coalition.
What is a kermesse? "Kermesse" is a term used throughout Latin America and parts of Europe to describe community-organized fairs used to raise money for a specific cause. Members of the community run games, paint faces, donate gifts for raffles, sell food, and more. They are fun community-buiding events, where the community bands together to respond to a need. It's a cousin to a celebration or event we know as carnival.
Why is ECN hosting a kermesse? "We do everything we can to keep our service fees in the clinic as low as possible," said ECM. "Even still, sometimes patients can't afford to pay for the vital services they need to get healthy and stay healthy. We want to build up an emergency fund for these patients so we can waive or reduce their fees, without letting the operations of our clinic suffer."
How can you help? Come!! Bring your family, kids, friends, neighbors! Spread the word! Come prepared to have a fun evening, meet new people, and support a great cause. We will have games, a raffle, face painting, and much more! RSVP via Facebook Event
Do you we need any help with this event? Yes! ECM would love some more donated gifts for the raffle. Organizers could also use some volunteers to help set up before the event, clean up afterwards, or host activity booths during the event. If you'd like to participate, Sign Up here.
Can't make it, but still want to pitch in? We welcome any financial donations you'd like to make! All proceeds from this event will support our patient emergency fund, so anything you can give is much appreciated! Donate here